Food and Wine restaurant editor Kate Krader visits Philadelphia to check out our food scene and to put down an impressive four dinners in one night. Along the way she’s joined by Questlove, Adam Erace and Joy Manning.
Fourteen breweries from eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware came away from Denver and the Great American Beer Festival with medals. Neshaminy Creek Brewing, which is just about two years old won a gold for its Churchville Lager. Troegs brought home two medals including gold for Troegenator. The city’s own Yards Brewing, which won its first ever award last year, landed medals for Brawler and Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce.
Iron Hill won a single medal, keeping its consecutive win string going at 16.
This was the largest GABF yet with 740 breweries participating and 4,800 beers being judged. Just 250 medals were awarded.
As Adam Erace tweeted regarding his Philadelphia dining story for The Guardian, you could file the story under the theme, “immigration is good.” Whether from New York or much further away, newcomers continue to raise the bar in Philadelphia’s food and restaurant scene.
Philadelphia’s food and restaurant renaissance [The Guardian]
Photo via Starr Restaurants
Last night marked the fifteenth anniversary of Vetri. Marc Vetri’s eponymous restaurant has been praised far and wide since, but Vetri’s success was much less obvious fifteen years ago.
Check out Dan Rubin’s profile of Marc Vetri from that opening night.
Blood, sweat and dogged persistence [Philly.com]
Vetri [Official Site]
Congrats are in order for Drew Lazor and Drexel’s Shelby Vittek who took home first place prizes in the Association of Food Journalists’ 2013 awards. Lazor won for his profile of Will’s Chris Kearse. Vittek actually took home two awards for food writing by a student.
Jason Wilson of TableMatters.com and Drexel took home second place in Beer, Wine and/or Spirits writing and Laurie T. Conrad of the Philadelphia Daily News received third place in writing for a newspaper with more than 200,000 in circulation.
Congrats to all the local winners.
Association of Food Journalists Names Its Contest Winners [Jim Romensko]
Foursquare has released a list of the ten most popular burger joints in the United States by Foursquare check-ins. Coming in at number ten is P.Y.T. in Northern Liberties. We’re sure the free Yuengling offer with food purchase offer on Foursquare doesn’t hurt, but still, it is an impressive feat.
Last week Bon Appetit named its 50 nominees for the magazine’s 10 Best New Restaurants list. Philadelphia’s Vernick Food + Drink made the nomination list but did not make today’s final list. Also of note, just one New York restaurant landed on the 10 best list.
Photo by Karrisa Olsen
GQ comes up with its list of the 50 best things to eat and drink right now. Two items from Philadelphia spots make the list. The pig tails at Alla Spina and Federal Donuts’ blueberry muffin doughnut.
Rich Landau and Vedge are all over this month’s Food and Wine magazine. The vegan restaurant and vegetable whisperer get mentioned no less than five times in the issue including in “From Beef to Beets,” “Vegetable Now,” “New Vegetable Cookbooks,” and “America’s Best Vegetarian Restaurants”.
Vegetables Now [Philadelphia Magazine]
Photo by Ethan Hill
Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney are featured in a New York Times story about the transformation of 13th Street.